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Raw ratings up for WWE Draft night two

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Source: ShowBuzz Daily. Image: WWE.

Last night's Raw draft episode averaged 1.86 million viewers, a 0.52 rating in 18-49, and a 0.24 in 18-34, the former two numbers up from last week as would be expected for the draft show.

For a comparison, the 2020 Raw draft show did 1.85 million viewers but a 0.57 in 18-49 and a 0.29 in 18-34, so it was an increase of 0.2 percent in audience but a decline of nine percent in 18-49 and 17 percent in 18-34 over the comparable episode from last year.

Raw may have been helped by the NFL game starting 32 minutes late. The Las Vegas Raiders vs. Los Angeles Chargers game between ESPN and ESPN2 did 12.86 million viewers and a 3.99 in 18-49. Last week's game did 14.79 million viewers and a 4.84 in 18-49 and this week also had 47 minutes unopposed by football.

As compared to last week, Raw was up nine percent in viewers, up eight percent in 18-49, and down 11 percent in 18-34.

Raw was sixth for the night on cable in 18-49, behind five NFL-related shows on ESPN. Raw was sixth behind football in women 18-49, sixth in men 18-49, seventh in 18-34, sixth in women 12-34, and eighth in men 12-34.

Among total viewers for the night, Raw was 13th behind only ESPN football coverage and news. The leading entertainment show of the night was Below Deck Mediterranean which did 1.01 million viewers and a 0.28 in 18-49.

The first-to-third hour drop of 12 percent is at the high end of what Raw has been doing over the past few months. The drops from the first-to-third hour were 17 percent in women 18-49, seven percent in men 18-49, there was a 10 percent increase in women 12-34 and a 37 percent decrease in men 12-34, while over 50 declined 10 percent.

The three hours were:

  • 8 p.m. 1.95 million viewers
  • 9 p.m. 1.91 million viewers
  • 10 p.m. 1.72 million viewers